Bentley Goes Green With Largest Solar Panel System in UK
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A total of 20,000 solar panels have been carefully layered over a large surface of the roof and will produce 5MW of power. We don't know how many W12s that is, but Bentley says it will generate up to 40% of Bentley’s energy requirements and reduce CO2usage by 2000 tones per year.
“Unlikely as it may seem, our 1940s plant in Crewe is ideally situated to generate solar power as the “saw tooth” factory roofs are south facing at an angle of 20 degrees. We take the sustainability of our products and factory extremely seriously and we are always looking for ways to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency. The panels will reduce our energy costs and help ensure that our manufacturing operations in Crewe are efficient, sustainable and globally competitive," said Michael Straughan, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing.
The array will be managed and maintained by Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited. Its CEO had this to say about the landmark green energy system: “The installation on Bentley’s factory demonstrates the tremendous potential for solar energy in the UK and is a fantastic example of how businesses can gain greater pricing certainty for the future whilst reducing their carbon footprint. It is also remarkable what can be achieved in a short space of time and with no adverse impact on existing business activity.”
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